Veterans Day events slated for Aberdeen, Bel Air, Havre de Grace


Veterans organizations in Aberdeen, Bel Air and Havre de Grace will host Veterans Day ceremonies Saturday to honor local residents who have served in the military.

American Legion Bernard L. Tobin Post 128 in Aberdeen will host its annual service at 11 a.m. in Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of North Parke and North Rogers Streets. Lunch will follow at the Legion post, which is at 44 N. Parke St.

The Havre de Grace ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 47, will also be at 11 a.m. in Tydings Park, according to post commander Bud Lilly. The ceremony will include wreath laying and a guest speaker, he said.

Lunch will follow at the post, which is at 501 St. John St. The ceremony will be at the post, followed by lunch, in case of rain, Lilly said.

Harford Post 39, of Bel Air, will host its annual ceremony at 3 p.m. in front of the monument to Capt. H. Merle Bailey, a bomber pilot who died during World War II, in the Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

The cemetery is at Moores Mill Road and Rock Spring Road.

The ceremony includes wreath laying and the playing of the National Anthem and taps. Guest speakers will be state Sen. Robert Cassilly, a veteran of the Iraq War, and Maj. Gen. Randy S. Taylor, senior commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground, according to Dick Gebhard, Post 39’s board president and past commander.

About 60 to 100 people are expected to attend; attendance at the Bel Air ceremony has been growing each year, Gebhard said.

He attributes the growth to better promotion of the event, greater involvement of veterans and their families in community activities, and greater public interest in veterans and patriotism as the national political divide deepens and acts of violence increase.

“I know most of the veterans tell me they get thanked for their service more and more, every month it seems,” Gebhard said.

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